Written answers

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

  • Department for Transport

    • M20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to Highways England on removing the barrier on the London-bound section of the M20; and if he will make a...

    • Railway Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has published to help ensure that the staff of train operating companies are trained on health and safety and emergency...

      Railway Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that every train station has a bespoke (a) risk assessment and (b) health and safety policy.

      Railway Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how frequently (a) risk assessments and (b) health and safety policies are reviewed at individual train stations.

      Railway Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many safety certificates were revoked at railway stations in each of the last five years by the Rail Regulator.

      Railway Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that train operating staff are aware of emergency procedures at train stations.

      Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide public funding to (a) fully compensate and (b) reskill UK passenger boat operators whose businesses are forced to close following...

      Hammersmith Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring together the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Transport for London to establish how to reopen Hammersmith bridge as...

      Hammersmith Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has received information on the structural state of Hammersmith bridge from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

      Department for Transport: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which it is meeting (a) the objectives of the Industrial Strategy and (b) the public...

      Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to participate in Active Travel such as riding a bike to and from work.

      Shipping: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2018 to Question 196855 on Shipping: Recruitment, how many UK resident seafarer ratings are employed on Tonnage...

      Shipping: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to table SFR0302 of the UK Seafarer Statistics published on 12 December 2018, what discussions he has had with the Chamber of Shipping...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish an update on the Roads Investment Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to encourage planners and local authorities to prioritise active travel when building new roads.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of electricity used in England and Wales was generated in the UK in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018.

    • Electricity Interconnectors: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of electricity used in England and Wales was imported from Europe via interconnector in (a) 2017 and...

      Boilers: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 10 April 2019 to Question 241381 on Boilers: Natural Gas, whether he has read the BRE's...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many additional insulation measures a week are required to achieve the National Infrastructure Commission’s...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a low interest loan scheme for home owners to help...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the role of energy efficiency in reducing the gap in the fourth and fifth carbon...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2019, Spring Statement 2019, HCWS 1407, which Government department...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 15 of the report entitled, UK Housing - Fit for the Future? published by the Committee on...

      Electricity Interconnectors: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU (i) with and (ii) without a deal on the...

      Electricity Interconnectors: Netherlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b) without a deal on the UK’s...

      Electricity Interconnectors: Netherlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has held with his Dutch counterparts on the effect of the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b)...

      Electricity Interconnectors: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the French Government on the effect of the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b) without...

      Products: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the levels of dangerous non-food products...

      Daphne Jackson Trust and Wellcome Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to maintain Government funding for science, technology and maths research through the (a) Daphne...

      Energy: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the viability of peer-to-peer energy sharing; and whether his Department...

      Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2019 to Question 242191 on Green Deal Scheme: Appeals, how many of the 99...

      Insolvency: Tax Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department had with (a) HMRC and (b) the Treasury on the decision to make HMRC a secondary...

      Insolvency: Tax Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) business lending and (b) business rescue of the decision...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what public consultation his Department is undertaking with the insolvency and restructuring profession on his...

      Fracking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what submissions his Department has received from (a) members of the public and (b) civil society groups on concerns...

      Fracking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is ensure that members of the public are reassured about the adequacy of the regulatory system for shale...

      Furniture: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the responses to the September 2016 Consultation on Updating the Furniture and Furnishings...

      Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what scientific advice has been sought from environmental scientists by the Office for Product Safety and Standards as...

      Heating: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to safely introduce hydrogen into the heating system.

      Hydrogen: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to produce hydrogen in a low-carbon emissions form.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuel Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential of hydrogen fuel cell power sources for cars.

      Fracking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if it is his Department's policy not to review the limits on seismic disturbance.

      Ceramics: North Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the skills and expertise are retained of people made redundant in...

      Fracking: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to review the traffic light monitoring system for regulating fracking-induced seismicity.

      Working Conditions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to transpose EU Directive 2017/0355(COD) into domestic legislation.

      Post Office: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times official in his Departmental have met with (a) directors and (b) officials of the Post Office to discuss...

      Post Office: Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Ministers in his Department have accepted (a) gifts and (b) hospitality from the Post Office in the last 12 months.

      Economic Growth: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to inform young people of progress of the Government's Clean Growth Strategy; and if he will make a...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what targets the Government has set for the UK to reduce carbon dioxide emissions; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's January 2019 Clean Air Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) effect on...

      Coal: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much coal the UK has imported for each of the last three years; and from which countries coal has been imported.

      Coal: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much coal was used in industry for each of the last three years.

      Business: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2019 to Question 242927, how the Government is ensuring the exclusion of regulatory...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Females: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds at the...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to include methane in the UK's net-zero emissions targets.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bangladesh: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking with the Department for International Development to protect vulnerable people in refugee...

    • Bahrain: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department made any representations to the Bahraini authorities calling for the reinstatement of citizenship for...

      Sri Lanka: Buddhism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of impunity for Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help promote the right to freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to tackle religious intolerance in Sri Lanka in the last six months.

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia on the use of the death penalty in that country.

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the judicial processes that were used by the Government of Saudi Arabia to justify the use of...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the 37 state executions that took place in Saudi Arabia on 23 April 2019, if he will halt arms exports to...

      Somalia: Civil Liberties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations have been made to the authorities in Somalia on the protection of (a) the freedoms of association...

      Sri Lanka: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to repatriate UK citizens in Sri Lanka.

      Travel: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries require UK citizens to purchase travel insurance as a condition of entry.

      Russia: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the Russian Ambassador in London and (b) his Russian counterpart on the recent decree...

      Lebanon: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Lebanese counterpart on the status of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon since May 2015...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the healthcare equipment that NHS England stockpiled for use in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal has expiry...

    • Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of NHS trusts in England that provided mandatory domestic abuse training for general...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of care and support available for women with breast cancer in (a) Merseyside, (b)...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how he plans to fund prescriptions for Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices following their addition to the high-cost tariff-excluded...

      Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of findings from Teenage Cancer Trust and Public Health England...

      Chickenpox: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of vaccinating against chickenpox.

      Personal Care Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of introducing free personal care for people over the age of 65.

      Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether the NICE guideline for epilepsy on sodium valproate as first-line treatment for children, young...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies on (a) public health impacts, (b) the role of clinicians in making...

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of delays in discharges from NHS Spinal Cord Injury Centres on patients awaiting...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many non-disclosure agreements has each (a) NHS Trust and (b) Foundation Trust entered into with staff in each of the last five years...

      Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many occasions the Government implemented in full the recommendations of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’...

      Doctors: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the level of the ethnicity pay gap in medicine.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much interest was accrued in relation to annual allowance charges paid through the scheme pays facility of the NHS Pension in each...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much was paid in annual allowance charges paid through the scheme pays facility of the NHS Pension in each quarter since 2014-15.

      NHS: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many compensation payments have been received by NHS staff as a result of sexual assaults committed against them by patients in the...

      Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the waiting time for patients with Ehlers–Danlos syndromes to see a specialist.

      Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis time for patients with Ehlers–Danlos syndrome.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department provides to care homes on the use of funded nursing care payments for the fee charged to self-funded...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 April 2019 to Question 242165 on NHS: drugs, whether the drug distribution issues have been resolved.

      Heart Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the review into screening for risk of sudden cardiac death has commenced.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure other international donors contribute to funding education programmes.

    • Overseas Aid: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the role of UK aid in building co-operation with developing countries to limit...

      Occupied Territories: Humanitarian Aid

      What recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Middle East: Human Rights

      What assessment the Government has made of the contribution of female human rights defenders to improving human rights for women in the Middle East.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges and (c) cost of all PFI funded schools the Tendring Public Private Partnership.

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme: Gateshead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges and (c) cost of all PFI funded schools in the Gateshead Priority Schools Building Programme.

      Halebank School Widnes: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which PFI progamme includes the Halebank C of E Primary School; and who the shareholders of the Special-Purpose Vehicle for that school are.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges (c) costs and (d) project names of all PFI funded schools in Kent.

      Higher Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the (a) quality and (b) choice of higher education provision in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of good school places in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges, (c) costs and (d) project names of all PFI funded schools in Leeds.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges (c) costs and (d) project names of all PFI funded schools in Sandwell.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges (c) costs and (d) project names of all PFI funded schools in Tameside.

      Stopsley School: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which PFI progamme includes the Sopsley High School in Luton; and who the shareholders of the Special-Purpose Vehicle for that school are.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which PFI programme includes the Joining Schools Project in Newham; and who the shareholders of the Special-Purpose Vehicle for that school are.

      Higher Education: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps Opportunity North East will take to boost the rate of participation in higher education, degree apprenticeships and other high quality...

      Schools: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will list meetings (a) he and (b) his Ministers have had with (i) academics and (ii) multi-academy trusts and school leaders on the priorities...

      Department for Education: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges and (c) cost of all PFI funded schools in Newham.

      Deanery High School Wigan: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which PFI progamme includes the Deanery CE High School in Wigan; and who the shareholders of the Special-Purpose Vehicle for that school are.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges, (c) costs and (d) project names of all the Building Schools for the Future wave 4 phase 3...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges, (c) costs and (d) project names of all PFI funded schools in Redcar.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) names, (b) unitary charges, (c) costs and (d) project names of all PFI funded schools in Stockport.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2019 to Question 237103 on Prisons: Security, what the timetable is for the installation of X-ray body scanners at the...

    • Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2019 to Question 237103 on Prisons: Security, (a) what the cost was and (b) who funded the installation of the X-ray...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he will take to uphold rights currently afforded to victims in the UK under the EU Victims Rights Directive after the UK leaves the EU.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many officers in bands three to five or equivalent in each prison operated by private operators have less than three years' experience.

      Prison Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much it costs the Ministry of Justice to train a new prison officer.

      Prison Officers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers in bands three to five left the prison service in 2018 to join (a) the police, (b) Border Force, (c) the military and (d)...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average timescale is for an immigration case to be heard at the First Tier Tribunal in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Rents: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many county court judgements were issued for non-payment of (a) commercial and (b) residential rents in the last 12 months for which information is...

      Patrick MacKay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether Patrick Mackay has ever been deemed eligible for release from prison since he was sentenced for manslaughter in 1975.

      Homicide: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, from which ethnic group each offender convicted of murder came from in the last three years.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which individuals have the power to alter a curfew that is the subject of a community order.

      Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking in response to the findings and recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s investigation into...

  • Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what changes to the process by which EU citizens become eligible to...

    • European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Commission has issued on making changes to the...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Commission has provided to the Cabinet Office on...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Commission plans to issue guidance to returning officers on...

      European Parliament: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Commission plans to provide to electoral registration...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the quantity of land suitable for housing being left undeveloped due to land banking...

    • Litter: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans to discuss with the Department for Transport the potential transfer of litter picking...

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to mandate local authorities to ringfence funding for statutory youth workers and services.

      Refuges: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department holds information on the amount of Government funding allocated to women's refuges for each...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that older people on low incomes are able access benefits they are entitled to.

    • State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (a) when and (b) with which countries her Department last signed reciprocal agreements on the uprating of pensions of UK residents overseas.

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department last held discussions with officials in the Government of (a) Australia, (b) Canada and (c) New Zealand on the...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has been taken to improve the process for (a) personal independence payment and (b) disability living allowance assessments for...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to improve the process for (a) personal independence payment and (b) disability living allowance assessments for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2019 to Question 229636, what forecast she has made of flows on to universal credit in the next period for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the minutes of the universal credit programme board for June 2017, what plans she has for the universal credit system to...

      Employment: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to (a) tackle age-bias in recruitment and (b) ensure that older workers are offered training and development opportunities.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money his Department has allocated from the public purse to support the 2019 Year of Green Action.

    • Waste: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the environmental cost of waste crime in the Borough of Havering.

      Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support global action to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

      Government Departments: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) food and (b) drink sold in Government Departments is from (i) UK and (ii) fair...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development of local food plans.

      Birds: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which interested organisations his Department contacted to explain that General Licences (GL 04/05/06) were to be Judicially...

  • Home Office

    • Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many potential victims of modern slavery referred to the National Referral Mechanism in 2018 continue to be safeguarded.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure all trafficked, separated and unaccompanied children have an independent guardian to help them access...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refused immigration cases in 2018 appealed to the First-tier Tribunal.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have provided further submissions for their asylum claims after initially having their claim refused in each of the last...

      Home Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April to Written Question 179072 on Home Office: Contracts, for what purpose gagging clauses have been included...

      Visas: Clergy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits on introducing a specific category of visa for recognised religious clergy.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government's plans to publish its new alcohol strategy.

      Marriage of British Subjects (Facilities) Act 1915

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support is available to British Citizens applying under the British Subjects Facilities Act 1915.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 20 February 2019 to UKVI from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central on behalf of her constituent,...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Newport East constituency.

      Refugees: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend funding for the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme beyond 2020.

      Asylum: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will increase the number of vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers from Libya receiving resettlement in the UK.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress he has made on the e-borders programme; and whether the UK will have an electronic border control system when the UK...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Havering

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to relocate public sector jobs from Central London to the Outer London Borough of Havering.

    • Public Bodies: Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2019 to Question 910478, what the twelve new public bodies are that will be located outside London.

      Government Departments: Amazon

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Departments have contracts with Amazon Web Services for cloud hosting services; and what proportion of the G-Cloud cloud hosting budget was spent...

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what companies provide cloud hosting services to the Government; and what proportion of the G-Cloud cloud hosting budget was spent on each of those...

      Government Departments: Staffline

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contracts the Government holds with Staffline PLC.

      Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his oral contribution to the November hearing of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, that he could absolutely...

  • Treasury

    • Burma: Freezing of Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of the assets frozen under EU sanctions on targeted Burmese military and security personnel.

    • Personal Savings: Older People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure older people are able to build and maintain savings for retirement.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of (a) reducing the amount employers pay into the apprenticeship levy and (b) extending the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to launch the Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Poverty

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which Department is responsible for monitoring and implementing policies relating to the targets under Sustainable Development Goal 10 on economic...

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what transgender groups and charities the Government consulted as part of its consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

      Candidates: Disability

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many applications have been made to the EnAble Fund.

  • Home Office

    • Brexit: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Metropolitan Police Service about (1) the cost of policing, and (2) the number of Metropolitan police officers deployed at,...

    • Street Preachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 3 April (HL14707), whether the Home Office provides any particular guidance to police officers...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK leaving the EU will change the rights, responsibilities and status of European citizens resident in the UK with granted settled status.

      Vagrancy Act 1824

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been arrested under the provisions of the Vagrancy Act 1824 since 1989.

  • Department for Transport

    • West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what priority they give to at least one of the shortlisted bidders for the West Coast rail franchise being a British company; and what steps, if any, they have...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Exercise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Sport England Active Lives Adult Survey November 17/18 published on 11 April; and what steps they are taking to...

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